Everton (h) Premiership
Half time: Newcastle 0 Everton 0
64 mins Man of the moment N'Zogbia was once again the architect, picking up an Emre pass before striding into the box and sending over a low centre for Solano to slide into the ball into the Leazes end net from a few yards out 1-0
76 mins Some slick passing around
the edge of the visitor's box culminated in Bowyer's pass to Solano
on the right hand edge. The Peruvian cut inside and clipped a
glorious right -footed curler with the outside of his boot, beyond
Westerveld into the far corner of the goal 2-0.
Glenn Roeder commented:
"Emre said to us that he just needed a run of games to show what he can do. He came in today unwell. He'd been sick overnight and was feeling drained.
"We discussed whether he'd play, start on the bench or not be involved at all.
if he'd started as a substitute then everyone would be asking
'Why is Emre on the bench?' so we told him to go out there and
give it his best shot. He is a great technical player and is
"They were playing as individuals. I was surprised the first few times I worked with them. There was no communication.
“They all speak English, but they weren’t talking to each other. Where I come from, as a former centre half, I don’t know how you can play as a defender without giving information and covering each other’s backs. It is that simple. I have a background working with Terry Venables — he is so much better than everyone else — and he always started preparing by making sure you don’t concede.”
On Nobby's sensational second strike:
"He actually scored an even better one in training. I work with him everyday and that wasn't a fluke. He knew exactly what he was doing. At 1-0, I never had any doubt whatsoever that we'd lose the game.
On Parker's omission from the latest England squad:
"I'm surprised and disappointed by the decision but it would be wrong of me to choose someone else's team. Parker would not look out of place alongside the likes of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard.
"He's a real player and there are 51,000 supporters here who think he's wonderful.
Alan Shearer, he's the kind of person who would sulk if he
lost at Tiddlywinks and to be a winner, you've got to be a
"If you start looking beyond that, you trip up very quickly. Football is just that sort of game and scientifically, you can't say why.
"If you start saying 'I'm going to do this, I'm going to do that in a few weeks' time or next month', you don't get there because you don't get the results that lead up to those games.
"If I'm in charge
next week, we will work hard and do the professional job we
have done on all the teams we have played to try to beat
Bolton here next week.
David Moyes said:
"When I spoke to the players afterwards you could see how disappointed they were. During the game you could see the confidence through them and we thought that we could take something from this game.
"But if you'd have given me just one defeat from this run nine games ago, I'd have taken it.
"We had about 10 players out, through our own fault, so I had to make changes.
"The goalkeeper only had one save to make. He did well but didn't really have a great deal to do.
"Joseph (Yobo) was playing at right-back and that's not his position.
"I didn't think we were under a great deal of pressure.
"I thought we were relatively comfortable. I have said to the players they have played well but we have not come away with any points. We are just disappointed that we couldn't take something from it.
"The run we have been on has been great and if you had said to me nine games ago we would have only had one defeat, we would have taken it.
"Until the goal we were comfortable. I didn't think we were ever really in danger and still felt we offered the biggest threat of scoring. But we didn't get the goals we maybe should have.
"I just felt the first goal we conceded was a poor one. We had a chance to play ourselves in at the edge of the box but we chose not to and from that it resulted in them breaking up the park and scoring. That was the biggest disappointment.
"The first goal in so many games - and maybe even more so with Everton - is vital. But I did feel that we could quite easily get back in the game.
"I felt our play was good enough. I thought the confidence was there and the self-belief too. But we just couldn't finish off the opportunities we had. We had a couple headed off the line in the first half, which on another day if you get them changes the whole complexion of the game."
themselves in something of a cul-de-sac earlier this week, Glenn Roeder's
revitalised United resumed their forward progress on Saturday night, at the expense of what had
been a similarly resurgent Everton side.
Beattie and Yobo went close at the end but the victory never looked in serious
doubt as the toothless Toffees only briefly threatened to ruin our fourth clean sheet in five games.